Hobbs Schools Continue to Show Academic Growth

By JJ Murphy of Wilkes Barre PA, City Manager of Hobbs NM

I am happy to share that the Hobbs Municipal School district has been recognized as one of the top three school districts in New Mexico that have shown significant academic growth. According to the New Mexico Public Education Department, over half the schools (17 out of 11) in the Hobbs school district received “B” as their school grade for the 2013-2014 school year, for the third year. This grade was released in the department’s statewide annual grading report. In the Hobbs school district, nine schools improved their letter grade while seven schools maintained their grade from last year, and one received one lower letter grade.

“We were recognized by the secretary as being one of the three top growing districts in the state,” said TJ Parks, Hobbs Superintendent. “Hobbs, Artesia and Gadsden ISD were named three of the most improving districts in New Mexico. I just think it’s a real tribute to the teachers and the administrators for the hard work they put in. It’s also a great pat on the back for the kids.”

“Two years ago when the first grades came out, we only had 25 percent of our schools that were a ‘C’ or better,” Parks continued. “In two years’ time, we completely inverted that where 75 percent of the schools are now a ‘C’ or better.”

It’s truly the mindset of our staff and I’d like to thank the hard work that our teachers have put in to improve our children’s academic performance. Last year, the city of Hobbs saw progress at the high school level due to improvement in reading and graduation rates. This year, elementary schools are showing improvement based on growth among struggling students. More information about the report can be viewed here: ped.state.nm.us.

Having four of my daughters in the Hobbs schools and my wife as a teacher, I am extremely proud of the Hobbs school system. I continue to see the progress in this community and our future will be extremely bright.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>